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Nanotechnology regulation: Prospects and Problems of Transatlantic Convergence

Dr Robert Falkner
London School of Economics

Date: 12 May 2009
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
: CARR Seminar Room, H615


The environmental and health risks of nanotechnologies have emerged in recent years as a new focus of transatlantic regulatory coordination. Both the EU and the US are responding to this rapidly changing field by building on, and adapting, existing regulations (e.g. chemicals, food and cosmetics), and are coordinating their efforts through the OECD. However, given the absence of an international framework for nanotechnology oversight, and potentially divergent national approaches in the EU and US, what are the prospects for transatlantic convergence or conflict in this emerging regulatory area? This paper presents findings from a collaborative research project involving European and American institutions including the LSE.

About the speaker

Robert Falkner| is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics. His research interests are in international political economy, with special emphasis on global environmental politics, multinational corporations, risk regulation and global governance.